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Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

AJAX sensation Donny van de Beek is being sensationally lined up for a move to Manchester United, according to reports.

The Dutch attacking midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the game, and was a vital cog in the side that reached last season’s Champions League semi-finals.

Donny van de Beek is a target for Man Utd and Real Madrid
, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10
Dutch star van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle

And the 23-year-old would be the first to admit that he couldn’t have done it without his mentor, Dennis Bergkamp.

The Arsenal legend spotted the future star’s potential when he was youth coach with the Eredivisie giants – and Van de Beek was just 10.

Bergkamp helped mould the playmaker into the player he is today.

During that time, van de Beek also fell in love with Bergkamp’s daughter, Estelle and they have quickly become THE glamour couple of the Netherlands.

THE BOY DON GOOD

Former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, who promoted Bergkamp as his assistant, once said: “Dennis started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team.

“It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age.

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“That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny.”

Ruben Jongkind, a former head of talent development at the Ajax academy, also recalled Bergkamp’s glowing endorsement.

Jongkind told the Daily Mail: “Bergkamp was the one who saw when he was 10, ‘This is going to be a great player.’

“I said, “I didn’t see it, how did you know?”‘

, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

Bergkamp coached van de Beek when he was 10

ESTELLE

Since last summer, van de Beek has been dating the ex-Gunners’ No10’s daughter, Estelle.

Last Christmas, the pair shared a romantic snap cuddling in front of a Christmas tree.

She captioned the cute pic: “Merry christmas from us.”

And they clearly enjoy showing off their love for another, and expensive holidays, by documenting their travels on social media.

A quick glimpse on Instagram shows Estelle and van de Beek in various clenches in destinations as glamorous as Ibiza and the South of France last year.

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Estelle, 24, was raised in London, where dad Dennis played for 11 years and won three Premier League titles.

, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

Estelle and van de Beek have been an item since last summer

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, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

Estelle was raised in London while her dad Dennis Bergkamp played for Arsenal

A FARM HAND

Today, van de Beek might be one of Europe’s biggest talents. However, if his mum Gerdina had it her way he would be a farmer.

The Holland international is from Nijkerk, an area of the Netherlands that’s more famous for agriculture and farming than producing cultured midfielders.

And as a boy he lived on a farm, often helping out with daily chores including making sure live stock were fed.

Gerdina wasn’t a fan of sport, and seeing her son climbing trees instead of playing with a ball made her think he was destined for rearing cattle instead of gracing the Johan Cruyff arena.

But father Andre had other ideas, and he signed his son up to play for Veensche Boys.

“After the first training session, he was completely sold and the ball never disappeared from his life,” Andre told AjaxShowtime in 2016.

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By the time he was 10, van de Beek had clubs including Utrecht, Feyenoord and PSV clamouring to sign him.

He chose Ajax because his family had season tickets with the club.

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Coming from a farming background a football career seemed unlikely for van de Beek

HE NEEDED STRENGTH

Immediately, when he arrived at the academy Jongkind knew where van de Beek had to improve.

“We put him under a system of pretty rigorous physical training. He needed that. He came from farmers,” the youth coach said.

“That area of Holland has pretty strong farmers there. But he needed to transfer that to the field.

“He was benefiting from the performance department a lot. We got in people from American Football and from Judo.”

A CRUYFF TURN

Dad Andre knew van de Beek was destined for stardom, when his own footballing idol told him how good a player his son was.

The ambitious father was rendered speechless when Ajax legend Johan Cruyff told him in a meeting about the player’s qualities.

, Man Utd target Donny van de Beek dates Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter Estelle, and was spotted by Arsenal icon at 10

The late Johan Cruyff told van de Beek’s dad that his son was a special talent

“Johan said: ‘I know your son, yes,’” Andre revealed.

“That is Donny van de Beek,”He is good at this and good at that…

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“He was able to tell everything. Do you know how strange it is that your idol knows everything about your son? He was able to tell everything down to the smallest detail.”

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